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Located in Warrenton, Monterosa-Neptune Lodge was the main residence of William ("Extra Billy") Smith, two-term governor of Virginia (1846-49 and 1864-65). Smith also served in the Senate of Virginia, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Confederate House of Representatives, and as a Major General in the Confederate Army. Early in his career, Smith ran the longest mail route in the nation and was dubbed "Extra Billy" by a U.S. Senator during a Congressional investigation of waste in Federal spending, which focused, in part, on the U.S. Postal Service. Sharing the site with Smith's two-and-a-half story brick house are three outbuildings: an extraordinary Italianate brick stable built in 1847, a brick smokehouse and a two-story dwelling that dates from the late 19th century

19th-century stagecoach stables
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources Archives
known as the Office. James K. Maddux, a later owner and a leader in the Warrenton Hunt, remodeled Smith's Italianate dwelling in the Colonial Revival taste, adding the portico. He also changed the name to Neptune Lodge.

Monterosa is located at 343 Culpeper St., in Warrenton. It is a private residence and is not open to the public.


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